Welcome to the Crossley Catalysis and Nanomaterials Group
Our research focuses on heterogeneous catalysis and nanomaterials synthesis. The overarching goal of each of our projects is to understand the fundamental reason for promising catalytic activity in complex systems. By understanding the structural features of the catalyst and transition states responsible for activity and selectivity, better catalysts may be formulated and used for their appropriate applications. We use a combination of catalyst synthesis, detailed catalyst characterization, and reaction kinetics in our research.
Our current projects center around two classes of catalysts, zeolites and metals supported on reducible oxides. Projects focus on important areas ranging from the production of renewable fuels and chemicals to the activation of hydrocarbons. We also synthesize advanced carbon-based materials for use as catalyst supports and emulsion stabilizers.